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VOTER REGISTRATION


Registration Deadline: Pick up a voter registration application, fill it out and mail it in. Upon acceptance, your voter registration will be effective 30 days from registration.


VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS


Age: You must be at least 17 years and 10 months old to register, and you must be 18 years of age by Election Day.


Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen


Residency: Must be a resident of the county where you submit the application.


Felony Convictions: You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole); and


Mental Competency: You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.


ID Requirements:  Voters who have not been able to obtain one of the forms of acceptable photo identification listed below, and have a reasonable impediment or difficulty to obtaining such identification, may present a supporting form of identification and execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration, noting the voter’s reasonable impediment to obtaining an acceptable form of photo identification, and stating that the voter is the same person on the presented supporting form of identification.


For voters aged 18-69, an acceptable identification from “List A” must not have expired more than 4 years before being presented at the polling place.


A person 70 years of age or older may use a form of identification from List A that has expired if the identification is otherwise valid.


Acceptable identification (List A):


*Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)


  *Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS


  *Texas personal identification card issued by DPS


  *Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS


  *United States military identification card containing the person's photograph


  *United States citizenship certificate containing the person's photograph


  *United States passport


Some ID cards do not expire:


*Texas Identification Cards for persons aged 60 or older may be permanent and marked “INDEF.”


*Texas Election Identification Certificates (EIC) for persons aged 70 or older are permanent cards.


*Some military ID cards are permanent, including Uniformed Services ID cards and Veterans Affairs ID


cards. These are usually marked “INDEF.”


*Certificates of Naturalization and Certificates of Citizenship do not expire.


If a voter does not possess one of the forms of acceptable photo identification in List A, and the voter cannot reasonably obtain such identification, the voter may execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration and present a copy or original of one of the following supporting forms of identification:


*a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate;


*current utility bill;


*bank statement;


*government check;


*paycheck; or


*(a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).


When executing a Reasonable Impediment Declaration, the voter must indicate one of the following impediments:


1. Lack of transportation


2. Disability or illness


3. Lack of birth certificate or other documents needed to obtain acceptable form of photo ID


4. Work schedule


5. Family responsibilities


6. Lost or stolen identification


7. Acceptable form of photo ID applied for but not received


If a voter possesses an acceptable form of photo ID but does not have it at the polling place, the voter will still be permitted to vote provisionally. The voter will have six (6) days to present an acceptable form of photo identification to the county voter registrar, or fill out the natural disaster affidavit referenced in the Exemption/Exceptions section below, or the voter’s ballot will be rejected. Alternatively, a voter who possesses an acceptable form of photo ID but does not have it at the polling place may choose to leave the polling place and return before the close of the polls on election day with said acceptable form of photo ID to, if the voter would otherwise qualify, vote a regular ballot at that time.


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM


Online: Texas voter registration application


*You are not registered until you have filled out the online application, printed it, and mailed it to your local County Voter Registrar.


In person: You may pick up a registration form or register at any of the following locations:


  *Voter Registrar's office;


  *Libraries;


  *Government Offices


  *Post offices


By mail/ in writing: Mail the online registration form or send in a request to have a voter registration form mailed to you to fill out.


 


 VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS


Online: Texas voter registration verification


Phone: Contact your local voter registrar for more information.


 


 ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS


Who can vote absentee: Only specific reasons entitle a registered voter to vote early by mail. You may request a ballot by mail if you:


  *Expected absence from the county


  *You are disabled


  *You are 65 years of age or older on Election Day or


  *You are confined in jail


 


OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT


Online: Application for Ballot by Mail


By mail: Download an application and mail it to your early election clerk.


Military and overseas voting: Military and overseas voters are welcome to use the regular registration and early voting by mail process available to all voters away from their home county on Election Day. However, there are also special provisions for you.


 


SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT


Location and time: The early voting clerk must receive your marked ballot by 7 p.m. on Election Day or by the 5th day after Election Day if your ballot is submitted from outside the United States.


 


EARLY VOTING


Early voting qualifications: Any registered voter may vote early in person without further application or qualification.


 


QUALIFICATIONS


Verifying Registration: Texas voter registration verification


Deciding how to vote: http://votesmart.org/


Polling Place: Texas voter information website


ID Requirements: See above


Getting your vote counted: Texas voter rights


Problems with voting: Texas voter complaint form


Verifying absentee ballot status: Contact your county clerk

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